The Dangerous Fanaticism of Religious Fundamentalists
The thesis of the essays in this section is that in each of the three largest religious groups in the world -- Christianity, Islam, and Judaism -- there is hostility to, and intolerance of, other religions. Unfortunately religious hatred is a growing problem and is becoming more widespread throughout the United States in particular and in our world generally as a large and growing group of reactionary fundamentalists in each of the world religions seems to have acquired increased power and influence. This fundamentalist movement is irrational, destabilizing and dangerous. Each of the extremist groups in these religions has allied itself with political power to achieve its objectives of dominance over those who hold differing viewpoints. Moreover, each has elements that betray what is highest and best in its religious core by resorting to force and terror as the means to achieve what it perceives as worthy ends.
These articles explore the link between fundamentalist religion and terror.
Christian Fundamentalists: The Rise of the Radical Right
Islamic Fundamentalists: The Rise of Terror
Jewish Extremists: Chosen People, Promised Land
There is a link to each of these articles, and a critique of their implied religious values, that can be accessed through the "pull down" menus above or by clicking on the <next page> links at the bottom of each page.